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Amazon workers in Germany to strike over pay in several cities

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 15, 2019
For the traditional bargain day at the mail order company Amazon, the so-called Prime-Day, employees at seven locations in Germany will go on strike for at least two days this week.
Amazon workers in Germany
European businesses   Strikes are in Werne, Rheinberg, Leipzig, Graben, Koblenz and Bad Hersfeld
The raids began on the night of Sunday, July 14, to Monday, July 15.

Under the motto "No more discount on our incomes", employees demand collective bargaining incomes such as in retail and mail-order business through recognition of regional collective agreements and a collective agreement for good and healthy work.

Strikes are at the Amazon sites in Werne, Rheinberg, Leipzig, Graben, Koblenz and at the two locations in Bad Hersfeld.

"While Amazon blows with hefty discounts on the prime day for bargain hunting, employees are deprived of a life-saving tariff payment," criticized Verdi trading expert Orhan Akman the US group.

"The discounts to the customers Amazon can pay by tariff flight and low wages of their own employees - that must be over.

The company must finally recognize collective agreements for retail and mail order; The wages and salaries on Amazon should no longer be determined by Gutsherrenart.

"The money is available, in the first quarter of this year alone, Amazon has reportedly achieved a record worldwide profit of about 3.2 billion euros.

Verdi also demands that collective bargaining agreements be finally declared universally binding in order to reverse the dramatic erosion of collective bargaining coverage.

"A universally binding collective agreement would apply then also for Amazon", so Akman.

The politics and the retail trade association HDE are obliged to open the way for this.